Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)
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Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)
Already familiar to many, especially following his acclaimed directorial debut Jour De Fete, Jacques Tati came into his own and reached new levels of popularity with 1953's Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot. The first film to introduce his much-loved alter ego Monsieur Hulot, it sets the pattern for future appearances of the character, throwing the bumbling hero unwittingly into the middle of the action and letting the ensuing mishaps provoke humor ranging from gentle observations to fairly biting satire. The setting this time is a stuffy resort community fond of the peace and quiet that… More

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"Tati is heir to the great comics of the silent era, Chaplin and Keaton and Lloyd."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"There are some real laughs in it, but Mr. Hulot's Holiday gives us something rarer, an amused affection for human nature -- so odd, so valuable, so particular."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A genial plotless comedy based on silent-screen slapstick and pantomine routines."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An often hilarious, often slow, and thoroughly odd film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Tati's comic rhythms are graceful and almost elegant, heavily reliant on strict timing and careful composition."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Though the film is in French with English subtitles, what people say matters little. Its official language is the international patois of slapstick."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A great introduction to the work of Tati, who made only a few movies but is rightly recognized as one of the great visionary directors."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Exquisitely funny masterpiece with one of the greatest physical comedians of all time."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"There's also an unforced feel that makes it unlike nearly any other screen comedy."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"...a cinematic gem, and one not to be missed...worth a hundred-fold the money you’d spend for any of today’s attempts at screen comedy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Jacques Tati's bumbling stick-bug of an alter ego is considered by many to be the funniest creation to come out of Gallic cinema."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"By the end, Tati has evoked the place with such grace and lulling humor that we wouldn't mind staying there."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"M. Hulot's Holiday is an unalloyed delight of a movie! It's rarely hysterically funny, but it is constantly charming."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"the retro feel that the passing decades have bestowed upon it may make it even more enjoyable today than it was in 1953."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"As lazy and disjointed as Mr. Hulot's Holiday seems, you know Tati worked out every small detail in advance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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